An ounce of prevention. If your hatch works just fine today. great. Take a
look at the action and see how it works, maybe lube it up with silicone. A day
may come when it fails and having a picture of it in your mind may be worth a
thousand words and save a lot of frustration.
1)First try having someone work the crank lever (pushing all the way rearward)
while you try to spring the cover by applying pressure down and rear with your
If this don't work try step two.
2) I took a 6 inch flat tip screw driver and bent it approx 90 degrees directly
in the middle.
The latch mechanism is mounted to an upright sheet metal wall which is directly
below the chrome corner post trip top. Insert the screw driver through the
large soft top slot opening, rotate the bit toward the inside of the car
(you'll be over the top of the soft top frame). Now try to position the bit up
against the upright sheet metal wall and beneath the actual mechanism. (This is
where the mechanism is attached to the spring loaded cable.) By working the
screw driver against and slightly downward in the spring it will retract the
latching dog and free the top.
Hope this helps someone out there
Jack (in FL)
And in the end it's not the years in your life that count.
It's the life in your years.
-- Abraham Lincoln